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Bodies of four Emirati martyrs repatriated home

posted on 08/10/2015

The bodies of four Emirati martyrs arrived yesterday at Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi, aboard a military plane of the Air and Defence Force, accompanied by a number of officers and non-commissioned officers.

At the arrival, the bodies were accorded a special military honour at the airport. A number of senior armed forces' officers were present at the reception.

The General Command of the Armed Forces mourned on Tuesday its brave servicemen who fell while participating in the Arab coalition force's Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Aden's terrorist attacks aimed to destabilise security and stability, says President of Yemen

posted on 08/10/2015

RIYADH: Yemen's President, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has emphasised the attacks that targeted the interim government's headquarters in Aden, the Yemeni army and the forces of the Arab coalition commands, yesterday were carried out by terrorist elements that sought to destabilise security and stability to serve objectives and alien agenda in Yemeni.

While presiding over a meeting with Yemeni officials yesterday in Riyadh, Hadi pledged that he will move steadily to bail Yemen out of its current status to safety, whatever the challenges may be.

He also reiterated that the terrorist acts will not deter the legitimate government from exercising its work in Aden, and rebuilding the areas affected by the huge destruction caused by Houthi militia, to restore the infrastructure, security and stability, as well as meet the necessary needs of the Yemeni people in various governorates.

During the meeting, they also discussed the latest developments.

President Hadi briefed the officials about his visit to the United Nations where he attended the 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly and met with Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, and a number of officials.

While at the UN, President Hadi seized the opportunity to brief the officials on the position of Yemen's legitimate authority as per the GCC Initiative and its implementation mechanisms, the overall national dialogue output, the Riyadh Conference resolutions on Yemen, and especially on UNSC Resolution No. 2216.

The President of Yemen also issued instructions to all ports in the country to allow the entry of petroleum products, and humanitarian relief to alleviate the suffering of people due to the existing critical situation in the country created the Houthi militia and Saleh group. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Al-Azhar mourns UAE and Arab coalition martyrs in Yemen

posted on 08/10/2015

CAIRO: Al-Azhar has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Aden, claiming the lives of fifteen soldiers, including four Emiratis and one Saudi, who were performing their national duty within the Saudi-led coalition, Operation Restoring Hope, in Yemen.

In a statement, Al-Azhar mourned the martyrs of the United Arab Emirates along with other martyrs who were killed in the attack, praying to Almighty Allah to grant their souls rest in paradise, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Al-Azhar expressed its appreciation for the efforts of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia to stand with the Yemeni people to restore the legitimate government. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Yemeni Prime Minister says government will remain in Aden

posted on 08/10/2015

ADEN: Khaled Bahah, the Yemeni Vice President and Prime Minister, has said that he and government members who were present during yesterday's attack, escaped unharmed, and will not leave Aden.

In his first statement since the attack, Bahah told the Aden-based al-Ghad newspaper, "We would like to assure all people of Aden that we will remain here and these rocket attacks will not frighten us. We will continue our journey, and we will not abandon the people or let them down." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Yemen's Foreign Minister hails roles of Saudi Arabia, UAE and other GCC states

posted on 08/10/2015

GENEVA: Foreign Minister of Yemen, Riyadh Yaseen, has praised the contributions of Saudi Arabia, UAE and other GCC states to Yemen since the beginning of Operation Decisive Storm to the current Operation Restoring Storm, besides political, diplomatic, military and relief roles.

Yaseen told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in an interview on the side-lines of meetings of the executive committee of UN relief agency, that the UAE demonstrated a role model that should emulated in terms of aid quantity to Yemen and enormous efforts to normalise life in Yemen through services, including the restoration of electricity to the liberated areas, installation of water networks and reopening of schools, and rebuilding of presidential and government institutions.

"What has been done by the UAE in a record time could not be done by many countries put together," he said.

The Yemen's Foreign minister stressed that the victories scored so far in Yemen reflect the wisdom of Saudi, UAE and other GCC states' leaders, citing the establishment of the coalition. "The support of the legitimacy in Yemen is not an accidental resolution, but reiterates the resolve of the Saudi and UAE leaders to build the military capacities is sound and wise strategy," he said.

He added that the achievements of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC states in the coalition "disproves the claims of sceptics on the capacity of the GCC armies. The experience of Yemen each day disproves those claims."

Yemen's Foreign Minister stressed that the UAE people have proven beyond doubt they are friends indeed in time of need to carry out their humanitarian, moral and fraternal duty, as described by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Yaseen said that the statement of Sheikh Mohamed expresses the authenticity of the people of the UAE and clear vision of its leadership.

Yaseen said that the words were not enough to give the UAE its rightful due. "We are proud of Emirati martyrs who fell in Yemen while fighting for the truth. Our happiness and proud were doubled when we learnt the martyrdom increased Emiratis' resolve to keep on fighting for the right cause."

He said he had worked with Emirati servicemen- doctors and engineers for 17 years in Britain and Ireland. "I knew them very well and proud of their efforts in Yemen. I was deeply touched by each martyr that fell because I knew many of them and their families too."

Regarding the political developments in Yemen, Yaseen said there were contacts with UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh to implement the UNSC Resolution 2216, restore the stability to Yemen and refer perpetrators to book in the light of their crimes against humanity.

He added that the Houthis and Saleh group made the pledge to the UN special envoy to abide by the UNSC Resolution, but no signs show they will. By repeating their claims about humanitarian situation, Yaseen said, the Houthis try to blackmail the international community, adding that their efforts to impede delivery of humanitarian aid is quite known by the international community.

Yaseen added that the Yemen's experience demonstrates that the GCC states are capable to defend their security, noting that the force of Yemen's population of 25 million will be later added to the force of the GCC as a token of gratitude to the role being played by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other GCC states in the coalition. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Abu Dhabi Media Company announces two correspondents sustained injuries in Aden on Tuesday

posted on 08/10/2015

The Abu Dhabi Media Company has announced that two correspondents of the Abu Dhabi TV channel sustained minor injuries when their positions were targeted in Aden on Tuesday. In a statement, the company said correspondent Saleh Ali and photo journalist Yasser Adnan sustained minor injuries, and were now in a stable state of health. Both of them were part of the Arab coalition media coverage team, and have safely arrived home to receive more medical care.

Mohammed Al Mahmoud, Chairman and Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Media Company, said the company is keen to ensure the safety of its staff, who are close to the battlefields in Yemen. "We are determined to maintain a professional line and exercise responsibilities towards the nation and society by conveying the truth and coverage of the achievements of the Arab coalition forces in Yemen," he said, adding, "We will continue to cover the role of the UAE armed forces within the Arab coalition forces, led by Saudi Arabia, to restore legitimacy to Yemen."

Al Mahmoud said, "Our technical crew will stay put to cover the latest developments and victories on the ground in line with the framework of the company's directives to keep the public posted about humanitarian and military operations there." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -

Al-Azhar mourns UAE and Arab coalition martyrs in Yemen

CAIRO, 8th October, 2015 (WAM) -- Al-Azhar has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Aden, claiming the lives of fifteen soldiers, including four Emiratis and one Saudi, who were performing their national duty within the Saudi-led coalition, Operation Restoring Hope, in Yemen.

In a statement, Al-Azhar mourned the martyrs of the United Arab Emirates along with other martyrs who were killed in the attack, praying to Almighty Allah to grant their souls rest in paradise, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Al-Azhar expressed its appreciation for the efforts of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia to stand with the Yemeni people to restore the legitimate government. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


GCC Coordination Committee on Aid to Yemen discusses humanitarian situation in Yemen

posted on 08/10/2015

RIYADH: The GCC Co-ordination Committee on Aid to Yemen, held its meeting yesterday at the Secretariat-General of the GCC to discuss the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

The committee reviewed the humanitarian efforts of the GCC states in Yemen to alleviate the suffering of people there. It praised the efforts and discussed a mechanism to boost these efforts to include development projects and other requirements.

The committee was also briefed by representatives of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs about a response plan to the humanitarian needs in Yemen prepared by the office.

The GCC committee comprises representatives of the foreign, finance and development and international co-operation ministries, as well as development funds, the GCC Red Crescent Societies and the GCC General-Secretariat. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE, Saudi, Qatar and Yemen Foreign Ministers discuss partnership for humanitarian aid in Yemen

posted on 08/10/2015

The Foreign Ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Yemen recently held a meeting on the side-lines of UNGA 70 with the heads of leading humanitarian agencies to discuss partnership in delivering humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, along with Adel Al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah of Qatar and Riyad Yassin of Yemen, emphasised that the objective of the meeting was to coordinate efforts, increase efficiency, and explore existing challenges to delivering humanitarian assistance within Yemen.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed reaffirmed the UAE's readiness to have all proposals carefully evaluated by the relevant entities.

The foreign ministers underlined their commitment to achieving stability and prosperity in Yemen as well as alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people. "A life is a life, we want to help them all," said Adel Al-Jubeir. He also affirmed the readiness of the ministers to hear from the humanitarian agencies on how they can help ensure that humanitarian aid reaches civilians throughout Yemen.

The Yemeni Foreign Minister, Riyad Yassin, reconfirmed that all Yemeni ports are open and can receive humanitarian aid or for commercial activity that would be subject to inspection in accordance with International law. They also welcomed the efforts of international agencies, including the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism, UNVIM.

The ministers emphasised their governments' efforts to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid throughout all of Yemen, including Sanaa, Hudaida, and Ta'iz, as well as stressing the need for a stronger presence of humanitarian agencies on the ground.

Along with the funding that has been provided to international humanitarian aid agencies, the ministers noted their governments' significant humanitarian aid activities throughout Yemen including water and sanitation services, medical support, food distribution, infrastructure repair, and funding and training for local police.

The ministers stressed that the overriding objective for Yemen is to facilitate a political solution based on UN Security Council Resolution 2216 for 2015, that can bring stability to the country. They also underlined their long-term commitment to building the economy and enabling a self-reliant Yemen.

The ministers welcomed the recommendations advanced by the humanitarian agencies.

Also in attendance was Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, who paid tribute to the generosity of the governments of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, as well as others in the region, for their donations to the humanitarian efforts in Yemen. He said that unlike the other areas in need of humanitarian assistance, Yemen is one of the few cases that are not short of funds. He also provided his recommendations for addressing the humanitarian needs of Yemeni civilians. Similarly, other humanitarian agencies, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations Development Fund, World Health Organisation and the World Food Programme, also presented their recommendations on improving the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Ten humanitarian agencies were represented: the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF , World Food Programme, WFP, World Health Organisation, WHO, International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Rescue Committee, IRC, and Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Jordan condemns terrorist attack in Aden

posted on 08/10/2015

AMMAN: Jordan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Aden which claimed the lives of fifteen soldiers, including four Emiratis and one Saudi, who were performing their national duty within the Saudi-led coalition, Operation Restoring Hope, in Yemen.

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted the Yemeni Minister of State for Media Affairs and government spokesman, Mohammed Al-Momani, as saying, "Terrorism strikes every day in the ugliest forms and methods, and everyone should take responsibility for addressing this serious scourge."

The Minister re-iterated Jordan's solidarity with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, after the deaths of a number of their soldiers and citizens as a result of terrorist operations.

On behalf of the Jordanian government, Al-Momani offered condolences to the governments of the brotherly countries, and to the families of the martyrs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Ruler of Fujairah offers condolences to family of martyr Al Abdouly

posted on 08/10/2015

H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, has offered his condolences to the family of martyr Khamis Rashid Al Abdouly, who died while carrying out his national duty during participation in the Arab Coalition's 'Operation Restoring Hope' in Yemen.

Sheikh Hamad extended his sincere condolences to the family of martyr Al Abdouly during a visit to the mourning gathering in the Alkhalibah area in Fujairah, and prayed to Almighty Allah to grant his soul rest in eternal peace, and bestow patience and solace on his family and relatives.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, Dr. Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Chairman of Fujairah Culture and Media Authority, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi also extended their condolences to the martyr's family. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Nahyan bin Mubarak offers condolences to family of martyr Al Abdouly

posted on 08/10/2015

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, has offered his sincere condolences to the family of martyr Khamis Rashid Al Abdouly, who died while carrying out his national duty while participating in the Arab Coalition's 'Operation Restoring Hope' in Yemen.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak extended his deep condolences and sympathies to the family of the martyr Al Abdouly during a visit to the mourning gathering in the Emirate of Fujairah. He also prayed to Almighty Allah to grant rest to his soul in eternal peace, and bestow patience and solace on his family and relatives. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Abdulla bin Zayed concludes successful visit to Cuba

posted on 08/10/2015

8th October 2015: WAM Editorial note: Following the visit by UAE Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to Cuba earlier this week, the international news agency, IPS, distributed a feature reviewing the visit and the development of UAE-Cuban relations, the text of which follows: HAVANA, 7th October, 2015 (IPS) -- Cuba and the United Arab Emirates agreed to strengthen diplomatic ties and bilateral cooperation during an official visit to the Caribbean island nation by the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During his 24-hour stay, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah met with Cuban authorities, signed two agreements, and inaugurated the UAE embassy in Havana, which he said was a clear sign of the consolidation of the ties established by the two countries in March 2002.

"I am sure that the next few years will witness the prosperity of our ties," Sheikh Abdullah said during his official meeting with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, with whom he signed an agreement on air services between, and beyond, the territories of the two nations, in order to facilitate the broadening of opportunities for international air transport.

During the meeting, Rodriguez reaffirmed his government's support for Arab peoples in their struggle to maintain their independence and territorial integrity.

According to official sources, the two foreign ministers concurred that the opening of the UAE embassy is an important step forward in bilateral ties and will permit closer follow-up of questions of mutual interest.

Sheikh Abdullah also met with the first vice president of the councils of state and ministers, Miguel Diaz Canel. The two officials confirmed the good state of bilateral ties and the possibilities for cooperation on the economic, trade and financial fronts.

Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, signed a credit agreement with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, to finance a solar energy farm that will generate 10 MW of electricity.

Sheikh Abdullah first visited Havana in October, 2009, in response to an official invitation from Minister Rodriguez. On that occasion, they signed two agreements, one on economic, trade and technical cooperation, and another between the two foreign ministries.

"We have great confidence in Cuba's leaders and in our capacity to carry out these kinds of projects," H.H. Sheikh Abdullah told the local media on that occasion.

The United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations with Cuba in March 2002, in an accord signed in Cairo.

The decision to open an embassy in the Cuban capital was reached in a June 2014 Cabinet meeting presided over by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In late February 2015, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid received the letters of credentials for the new ambassador of Cuba in the UAE, Enrique Enriquez, during a ceremony at Al Mushrif Palace in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi.

Later, UAE Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Ahmed al Jarman, and Enriquez discussed the state of bilateral relations and agreed to take immediate concrete steps to expand and strengthen ties in different areas.

Enriquez also met with Cubans living in Abu Dhabi with a view to bolstering relations between them and their home country. They agreed on periodic future gatherings.

In May 2014, the UAE and Cuba signed an open skies agreement to allow the airlines of both countries to operate in each other's territories, as well as opening the door to new plans for flights between the two countries, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, reported.

The accord formed part of a strategy to boost trade with other countries, said Saif Mohammed al Suwaidi, Director General of the GCAA, who headed a delegation of officials and representatives of national airlines during a two-day visit to Cuba.

The UAE signed similar agreements with other Latin American countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, as part of its effort at closer relations with the region, which is of growing interest to the UAE.

Talks have also been announced between the UAE and Russia to build a giant airport in Cuba which would serve as an international airport hub for Latin America, the Abu Dhabi-based National newspaper reported in February of this year. The proposal is being discussed by the Russian government and the Abu Dhabi state investment fund, Mubadala, mandated to diversify the emirate's economy.

In 2013 and 2014, The UAE was named the world's largest official development aid donor in a report released by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD. In 2013, the UAE provided US$5 billion dollars in ODA to other countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE embassy in Canada donates $10,000 to Hospital for Sick Children

posted on 08/10/2015

The UAE embassy in Canada has donated $10,000 to the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in the memory of a Canadian nurse who worked in the UAE for 38 years.

UAE Ambassador to Canada, Mohammed Saif Hilal Al Shehhi, presented, during a meeting, a donation of US$10,000 to Colin Hennigar, Associate Director of Major Gifts at SickKids, in remembrance of Gertrude Dyck, who was one of the first foreigners to work as a nurse in the oasis of Al Ain. She was nicknamed "Doctora Latifa," meaning "mercy" by the locals.

Gertrude acted as a midwife to many of the 90,000 babies born at the Oasis Hospital in Al Ain after it opened in 1960.

Senior officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada and UAE diplomats attended the meeting. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Mohammed bin Rashid approves results of star-rating evaluation of all federal government service centres

posted on 08/10/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has stated that government service centres receive over 30 million customers per year and process over 150 million applications. His Highness said that completing the rating exercise for all service centres is the beginning of a new phase of quality development in the United Arab Emirates.

His Highness further said, "The UAE is the only country in the world that rates its service centres on the lines of the star-rating system for hotels. We believe our customers are our guests and they deserve the best possible service. The star rating system aims to encourage government service centres to be more competitive and give our customers a role in the development of government services."

He added, "Two years ago, we launched a new initiative where government organisations compete with the private sector in service quality. Our employees are very competitive and we are determined to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction."

Sheikh Mohammed made his comments during his visit to the Emirates Identity Authority centre at Al Barsha, which received a five-star rating.

His Highness yesterday approved the results of the star rating exercise conducted among all federal government service centres. Five centres received a five-star rating, while 44 centres obtained a four-star rating and 83 centres a three-star rating.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Emirates Identity Authority; H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Vice Chairman of the Identity Authority; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs; and Dr. Saeed Al Ghafli, Director-General of Emirates Identity Authority, accompanied Sheikh Mohammed during his visit to the centre.

Hessa Buhumaid, Executive Director of the Government Services Sector at the Prime Minister's Office, briefed Sheikh Mohammed and his delegation on the rating system, its key procedures and the evaluation process that has been endorsed by independent international partners. She also briefed them on the next phase of the rating system's implementation in which some local government and private sector entities will be included in the ratings scheme.

Jassim Al Raessi, Director of Emirates Identity Authority centre at Al Barsha, briefed His Highness Sheikh Mohammed on the centre's services and the recent measures taken to enhance service quality.

Stressing the importance of the role of government services centres, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, "My message to all teams in government service centres is that their work is not an ordinary job but a service to their country. We are soldiers and our job is serve the United Arab Emirates. Ultimately, we seek to export this new system to the rest of the world. This star-rating system is a purely Emirati initiative that we hope to export to the world". – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


fDi magazine recognises Jafza "Free Zone of the Year" in 5 categories

posted on 08/10/2015

Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), Dubai's flagship free zone entity and a globally recognised trade and logistics hub for the wider Middle East region, is recognised by UK based fDi magazine as Free Zone of the Year under five heads.

The Free Zone won "Start-Up Support Award"; "Reinvestment Award" and "Infrastructure Development Award" in Bespoke Categories. In Regional Categories Jafza won "Highly Commended – Overall Free Zone of the Year – Middle East" and "Highly Commended – Free Zone of the Year - Large Tenant – Middle East".

Jafza was selected for these coveted recognitions for its distinguished initiatives to support start-up organisations; its continued focus on upgrading infrastructure to keep pace and efficiently meet rapidly changing requirements of the investors and for building an eco-system that encouraged companies to continuously expand their operations in the Free Zone.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World and the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation commenting on the fDi Magazine Awards said, "We are happy to receive these accolades from the Financial Times Group's fDi Magazine. These awards reinforce our status as the region's most favoured investment destination for large multinationals and start-ups alike. I attribute Jafza's remarkable success over the years to its customer centric policies and approach and its commitment to service excellence that inspires and attracts global investors into the Free Zone and the country and facilitates them to achieve all their growth aspirations in this rapidly growing region."

Jafza is currently home to over 7,000 world's finest enterprises that include 100 Global Fortune 500 Companies. Most of these companies have set up their regional headquarters in Jafza to serve the wider Middle East region comprising West Asia, the CIS, Africa and Indian Subcontinent that Jafza as a hub serves.

According to Ernst & Young report on Jafza's economic contribution to Dubai & UAE 2013, Jafza accounts for almost 32% of total FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) flow into the country. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Dubai Airports wins GCC Best Employer Brand Awards

posted on 08/10/2015

Dubai Airports has won the Best Employer Brand Award at the 2nd Annual GCC Best Employer Brand Awards 2015, organised by the Employer Branding Institute in Dubai on Tuesday.

The GCC Best Employer Brand Awards recognises and rewards top organisations that have distinguished themselves as the most sought after employers through innovative human resources management policies.

"We are very pleased to be recognised as the best employer brand in the region, as it validates the direction and objectives of policies on which our strategy for human resources and development is based. We believe that as the most important asset for any organisation, the development and growth of each and every employee is vital to our collective success and this is amply demonstrated in the ongoing success story of Dubai Airports," said Ann-Marie Campbell, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Development for Dubai Airports.

The GCC Best Employer Brand Awards were hosted by the Employer Branding Institute and Stars of the Industry Group, with CHRO Asia as a strategic partner and endorsed by the Asian Confederation of Businesses. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


National agency says prepared to help promote space technology in environmental research

posted on 08/10/2015

The United Arab Space Agency on Wednesday said it is ready to support international efforts to promote the use of space technology for joint environmental monitoring and research projects, and will facilitate access of concerned international organisations to data acquired by national space assets like DubaiSat satellites, operated by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.

Director-General of the agency, Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, told the three-day Eye of Earth Summit 2015, which began on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, that space technology is "our eyes on Earth and enables us to help improve human life and further support citizens and expatriates in the United Arab Emirates."

He said the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and satellite communications are indispensable tools for environmental monitoring and management and help pave the way for a sustainable, safe and ecologically balanced environment.

He praised the summit as an important platform for promoting international action to revolutionise ways of collecting, accessing, sharing and using data for changing the world. These, he noted, are prioritised in the agency's strategies.

"The UAE Space Agency strongly believes in the value of a sustainable healthy environment and we will endeavour, as part of our mandate, to promote earth monitoring and tracking, not only for the benefit of the United Arab Emirates, but also for the benefit of all mankind and for all future generations by safeguarding the health of our precious plant," Al Ahbabi added.

Following the success of the 2011 inaugural Summit, Eye on Earth 2015 is seeking to promote dialogue and drive international action that revolutionises the way we collect, access, share and use data and information for real-world change. The 2015 summit seeks to foster a culture of collaboration through a network committed to achieving scalable impact for a sustainable future.

In December 2011, the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi through the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), convened global leaders, innovators and decision-makers in the inaugural Eye on Earth Summit. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Nine year-old space enthusiast and youngest Emirati inventor among Mubadala Youth Award winners

posted on 08/10/2015

ABU DHABI, 8th October, 2015 (WAM) -- Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi based investment and development company, announced yesterday the winners of the Mubadala Youth Award during the fifth annual Mubadala Youth Forum. The winners, Adeeb Al Blooshi, Dana Al Blooshi, Aisha Al Braiki, and Saeed Al Nathari, were recognised for their inspirational achievements and positive impact on the community.

Key achievements of winners include: named as the youngest Emirati inventor for his contributions to the field of healthcare, Adeeb Al Blooshi is just 11 years old, Adeeb's sibling, Dana Al Blooshi, aged 9, already holds a number of certificates from NASA and has been involved in exciting programmes in the fields of aeronautics and space administration, Aisha Al Braiki, a university student and mother of two, has consistently excelled academically while also maintaining a busy schedule of community work. At 23 years old, Saeed Al Nathari has been named the first Global Ambassador of Arab origin by the Global Innovation Management, GIM, Institute, for a number of his contributions.

Commenting on the second annual Mubadala Youth Award, Nadine Saleh Hassan, Head of Integrated Marketing and Outreach for Mubadala, said, "We are impressed with the calibre of nominations we have received for the Mubadala Youth Award for the second year running. It is inspiring to see the passion our nationals have for the community and their drive to contribute to its progress, especially at such a young age."

She added, "We hope that their stories will motivate others to give back to the UAE, and encourage parents to build an environment which fosters innovation and bright minds. The fact we have siblings winning this year's edition of the Award is testament to the importance families have in helping children contribute to our community."

Under the theme "From College to Career", the Youth Forum was attended by hundreds of students from the ages of 17 to 25 from across the UAE. For the fifth year, it offered students the opportunity to interact with Emirati leaders, and introduced them to opportunities and programmes at Mubadala-owned companies.

The forum included a number of interactive sessions with Homaid Al Shemmari, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace and Engineering Services, Mubadala, Dr. Sheikh Majid Al Qasimi, Veterinarian and Director, Terrestrial Biodiversity, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, and Iman Al Qassim, Associate Director of Human Capital, Mubadala, who shared their own career journeys, provided insights on making the transition to employment, and discussed the impact young nationals can have in developing the nation's economy.

A panel session with representatives from Mubadala Development Company, Emirates Defence Industries Company and Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority provided future job-seekers with advice on transitioning from academic to professional life, by drawing on their own experiences. The forum concluded with students attending a hands-on workshop that provided practical experience to help with their career progression in today's diversified economy.

Commenting on this year's Youth Forum, Laila Saif, Human Resources Director, Emirates Defence Industries Company, said, "It has been a pleasure interacting with some our nation's brightest today, and hearing from my fellow speakers at the forum. I hope that by imparting some of the knowledge that I have gained in my own career development, I have provided some helpful insights to those making the transition from university to the job market." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Abu Dhabi becomes first city in Middle East to feature in global guide on street design

posted on 08/10/2015

The capital's streets are to feature in an international guide setting out the first ever worldwide standards for designing roads and public spaces, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, UPC, said yesterday.

The UPC has been invited to contribute to the new Global Street Design Guide, GSDG, being compiled by the US-based National Association of City Transportation Officials, NACTO.

The guide, which aims to set a new global benchmark in urban street design, will feature examples from around the world of streets that incorporate international best practices. The UAE is the first country from the Middle East to be included in the guide as part of its Global Expert Network. Abu Dhabi will be used as an example and is one of 50 cities from 32 countries to be featured.

NACTO selected Abu Dhabi for inclusion in the guide because of its growing international reputation for improving quality of life for residents by providing sustainable, safe, visually appealing and walkable streets.

It recognises the success of the UPC's highly acclaimed Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual, USDM, which equips designers with the necessary tools to plan, design and build safer and more user-friendly streets for pedestrians, transit users, cyclists and motorists across the emirate.

Demonstrating how the USDM improves safety, post-implementation studies on Sheikh Zayed Street, a major artery in Abu Dhabi which was rebuilt following USDM standards, highlighted that remarkable results have been achieved in terms of pedestrian safety. The new standards at refuge islands, the pedestrian area located in the middle of the street, resulted in the probability of pedestrian fatalities at right turn lanes being reduced from 25 percent to 5 percent . Feedback from residents living in the area has also been very positive.

The UPC has provided a series of before and after photographs showing how some existing streets have improved after being redesigned in line with standards set out in the USDM, as well as the UPC's Abu Dhabi Public Realm Design Manual and Abu Dhabi Utility Corridors Design Manual. The pictures demonstrate visible improvements, including wider, more attractive walkways, which create a safer, pedestrian-friendly environment.

"It's an honour for us to be included in a prestigious publication that highlights best practices around the world, and it shows that Abu Dhabi is increasingly being recognised as a model of a sustainable, highly live-able urban landscape," said Abdulla Al Sahi, Acting Executive Director, Planning and Infrastructure Sector, UPC.

"Our inclusion is testimony to the success of our approach to street design guided by innovative tools such as the USDM and Online Street Design Tool, which were implemented to ensure safer and more walkable streets in line with the objectives of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Dubai Courts to launch new smart services during Gitex week

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Dubai Courts will launch a number of new smart and electronic services during its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2015, which will be held from 18th-22nd of October.

The new services includes 10 smart platforms that aim to facilitate access to the Courts customer services and to satisfy clients by simplifying the services and speeding up litigation for clients and staff.

During the event, which will take place in Dubai World Trade Centre within the Dubai Smart Government pavilion under the theme of "Future Courts, Innovational Service for a Happy Society", Dubai courts will review all services and information provided by the Dubai Courts website, as well as other electronic services.

Dubai Courts is enthusiastic to achieve the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to provide services to clients through smart applications to facilitate the completion of their transactions. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


RTA starts smart monitoring health condition and habits of bus drivers during journeys

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The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has started a trial run of the fitting out of 50 public buses with a smart system aimed at monitoring the physical condition of bus drivers and the exertion and fatigue which they may experience during journeys within Dubai or during inter-city trips. The RTA says that physical exertions might result in accidents, which would expose passengers to risks, as well as having a direct impact on the operational efficiency of buses in terms of on-time arrivals. The move is taken in line with the smart city initiative launched by the Government of Dubai.

Dr. Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA's Public Transport Agency, said, "The trial run of this smart system involves fitting a sophisticated device in front of the bus driver to monitor any indicators of fatigue, tiredness or illness suffered by the driver through technological indicators that are transmitted to the Control Room at the RTA, where the case will be immediately responded to.

There is also another smart system that monitors the driving pattern of the driver in terms of exceeding the speed limit, disregard of safe driving principles, irresponsible use of brakes, sudden swerving, and using the mobile phone while driving among others.

"The two systems are being trialed on standard buses, articulated buses and double-decker buses covering Dubai city service or inter-city service. According to the results, a plan will be set up to implement the system in our bus fleet, comprising more than 1,500 buses operated by more than 3,000 drivers. RTA is doing everything possible to support the public transport systems, especially buses, which are used by a large proportion of public transport passengers," added Al Ali. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Nahyan bin Zayed cycles for inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour

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H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, last night joined a cycle race at Yas Marina circuit to promote the inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour, a four-stage professional cycling race to be launched tomorrow at the desert Qasr Al Sarab Resort in the Western Region.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, shared the course with a group of officials and British cycling champion Mark Cavendish, in the free weekly.

Hosting the four-day international cycling event in Abu Dhabi marks the overall progress that the United Arab Emirates is experiencing.

Sheikh Nahyan said, "Thanks to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates takes great interest in promoting continuous development and prosperity. With support from Sheikh Khalifa, the country harnesses all its capabilities and is a world leader in innovation and excellence."

He praised His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, for supporting sports and the efforts to make Abu Dhabi a premier cycling destination.

Three stages of the 555-km Abu Dhabi Tour- the Liwa Stage (175km), the Capital Stage (130km) and the Yas Stage (110km) – are sprints.

The event is being organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council in association with the UAE Cycling Federation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Memory of the World programme summit to be held in Abu Dhabi next year

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ABU DHABI, 8th October, 2015 (WAM) -- The Advisory Board of the Memory of the World Programme, affiliated to UNESCO, has agreed on a proposal to hold a summit for the programme in Abu Dhabi towards the end of 2016.

The proposal stipulated that all national commissions, regional branches and specialised committees of the Memory of the World programme from all over the world, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and the International Council on Archives, should meet at the summit.

The vision of the Memory of the World Programme is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance.

Impetus came originally from a growing awareness of the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. War and social upheaval, as well as severe lack of resources, have worsened problems which have existed for centuries. Significant collections worldwide have suffered a variety of fates. Looting and dispersal, illegal trading, destruction, inadequate housing and funding have all played a part. Much has vanished forever, much is still endangered.

The National Archives suggested changing the working system entirely in the programme. It also proposed amendments to the primary system and the implementing regulations, as well as on the procedures of entering documents in the Memory of the World programme.

Abu Dhabi hosted the discussions of the 12th meeting of the Advisory Board under the auspices of the National Archives this week at the St. Regis Hotel Corniche, where Abdullah Al Rayes, Director-General of the National Archive, was chosen as its chairman until 2018. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 teams announced

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Now in its 46th year, the organisers of the long-awaited three-day annual rugby event have announced the 16 teams taking part in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the 12 teams in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, as part of the annual Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens tournament from 3rd-5th December at The Sevens Stadium.

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2015 carries added significance this year, with teams competing in the series having either already qualified, or playing to qualify for the Sevens debut at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

The 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series teams are the 2014-15 World Series Champions, Fiji, the 2014-15 Dubai Champions, South Africa, and recently qualified Russia, along with Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, USA, Wales and one other team yet to be confirmed following the Asian Rugby Sevens Series.

The Dubai event is the first leg of the extended ten-leg HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with Cape Town, Sydney, Singapore, Vancouver and Paris as new additions to the circuit and Wellington, Hong Kong and Las Vegas continuing on from the previous four-year series, with the final round being played in London on 21st-22nd May 2016.

With the event achieving year-on-year record attendances, this year is set to be the biggest action-packed rugby festival Dubai has ever seen. Over 100,000 fans and 4,000 players, including some of the world's best, are expected to compete as excitement for the Rio Olympic Games builds. An array of top-of-the-range international fifteens players will participate in this year's tournament in a bid to realise their Olympic dream.

Dubai will be hosting the first round of the six-leg HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series again, with the defending series champions and Dubai winners, New Zealand, along with recently qualified Ireland being joined by Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Japan, Russia, Spain and USA for this exciting Dubai event.

In addition, over 250 teams will be taking part in the Invitation Tournament, attracting a number of international men and women players as well as under 19s, Emiratis, social and veteran teams. Brand new to this year's Invitation Tournament is the launch of the Netball Tournament, and with over 32 teams confirmed from the Gulf region battling it out on the netball courts, this will make it the biggest Invitation Tournament to date.

As part of the celebration, a range of new and exciting concepts will be on offer at the event to ensure the greatest three-day festival to date. Spectators are encouraged to come in fancy dress and enjoy all the entertainment on offer at the Rugby Village. With provisions made for families, such as the dedicated DNATA family stand, child care services and activities, the Rugby Sevens is a fantastic family day out.

"As the sporting event of the year we continually strive to make the Dubai Rugby Sevens bigger and better each year and the 2015 tournament will see some of the most exciting concepts to date. The Netball Tournament has already created a real stir and we believe this is something we can build on internationally next year. We have seen a huge rise in levels of players taking part year-on-year and this is something that attracts fans from all over the world making this one of the greatest sporting events in the country", said Donal Kilalea, Tournament Commercial and Operations Manager.


First major rollercoaster installed in Dubai

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Rollercoaster enthusiasts can finally get a sneak peak of what is believed to be Dubai's first major rollercoaster at Middle East's largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination.

The Dragon roller coaster is the first ride to be installed at Dubai Parks and Resorts, a Dh10.5 billion project set to open in October 2016 with three separate theme parks, a hotel, and a retail and dining district spread across 25 million square feet of land.

Images released on Tuesday showed the 530 meters long and 16 metre high amusement ride fixed on Shaikh Zayed Road close to the Palm Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Reaching speeds of up to 60 km per hour, the ride is said to form the centrepiece of the first LEGOLAND Park in the Middle East.

Siegfried Boerst, General Manager of LEGOLAND Dubai told Gulf News that the Dragon is LEGOLAND Dubai's biggest roller coaster and is unique to the emirate in that it is designed along with six themed areas, over 40 interactive Park's rides, shows, attractions and 15,000 LEGO model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks.

"With two trains each containing 10 cars with the capacity for two passengers each, passengers will be amazed by the roller coaster's medieval features and animated LEGO brick models,” said Boerst. Each train will have a LEGOLAND Dragon theme and the cars will be built with glass reinforced plastic.”

The ride will be open to public in October 2016, when LEGOLAND Dubai and all of the Dubai Parks and Resorts theme parks are on track to open, they confirmed.

While nowhere near as fast as the 241kmh F1 roller coaster in Abu Dhabi going as high as 50 metres, the new Dubai Legoland is still impressive. Visitors will be taken on an interactive journey of vibrant LEGO animation when taking the ride, which will then weave through the LEGOLAND Castle, before twisting and turning onto a fun-filled outdoor track.

The Dragon rollercoaster was manufactured, and is being assembled, by Zierer Rides and overseen by leading construction firm Hill International. Boerst said it is expected to draw tourists from around the world due to its creative design.

More than 50 per cent of the ride engineering and manufacturing across all of the theme parks has been completed and ride components such as LEGOLAND's Dragon ride have started arriving on site for installation, said Stanford Pinto, Chief Parks Operations Officer of Dubai Parks and Resorts.

6.7 million ticketed visits is already being expected to Dubai Parks and Resorts by 2017, the first full year of operation.

"LEGOLAND Dubai and the other theme parks will have a major impact on drawing more tourists to Dubai and boosting its family tourism appeal. All of LEGOLAND Dubai's rides and attractions are designed to provide a fun family experience and The Dragon is at the heart of that,” said Boerst. – Gulf News -